They say that hindsight is 20/20 and many times that’s true. You can learn much from reflecting on the choices you’ve made. Sometimes it is difficult discerning what is really God’s will. Sometimes we must spend hours in prayer before we are prepared for God to give us His guidance. When we look back on our life, we can usually easily determine what God’s will is, but sometimes, it isn’t so easy.
Most people think this way: “If the choice brought good, then it was good. If the results were bad, then the choice was bad.” You may have also heard the saying, “All’s well that ends well.” When we take a quick look at this we may think, “Yeah, that works.” But it isn’t really the case.
I’d like to share something with you that may change the way you learn from your past. I jokingly call it the ‘Romans 8:28 clause.’
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
This verse is really cool. It simply says that whatever you do, God will use for eventual good. Like, no matter what. Let me give you an example. An extreme example. In Genesis 37, Joseph was thrown into a pit by his brothers. Later, they sold him into slavery. At the end of the story, Joseph stayed faithful to God and was made second in command in Egypt. The guy they sold into slavery eventually saved his entire family from starving when a famine came. Pretty cool right?
In Genesis 50:20, Joseph seems to say that God had the whole thing planned out. Joseph wasn’t upset, and Joseph realized that God used his brothers’ choice to bring good to his family.
Okay, so let’s look at this situation.
Action: Sell brother into slavery.
Result: Brother becomes super rich guy and invites you to live with him and all the riches of the new country he’s in charge of.
Lesson learned: Sell other brother into slavery and he’ll probably become a successful government official
Yeah, I’m sure you caught that. You shouldn’t sell your brother into slavery. Not a good idea.
So, I wanted to share this with you just to help you out when you’re looking back on your life. Just because something was a great learning experience, doesn’t mean it’s a great idea. Don’t become an alcoholic so you can relate to alcoholics and be able to help them more. (again, a little extreme, but you get the idea) God will use your mistakes and the mistakes of others for His glory. God will work everything out to the ultimate good, but that does not mean you should be careless or even do wrong things and expetct Him to work it out to the ultimate good.
“And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.” – Romans 3:8
“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” – Genesis 50:20
I hope and pray that you will keep this in mind when you examine your past and when you make future decisions. Just because something had a good result, doesn’t mean it was a good idea or the best version of God’s plan.
On a happier note, don’t be hesitant to thank God for His work in our lives. Remember, God works even our mistakes to ultimate good. Let’s praise Him!